CRANE, Hart (1899-1932). White Buildings. [New York:] Boni & Liveright, 1926.
8o. Original blue cloth-backed boards, boards covered with black-and-beige textured paper (some minor wear at extremities); red cloth slipcase. Provenance: William Targ (presentation inscription from Allen Tate).
FIRST EDITION, second issue with the cancel title-page. INSCRIBED BY ALLEN TATE on title: "Inscribed to William Targ with all good wishes. Allen Tate. July 23, 1969."
"THE POETRY OF HART CRANE IS AMBITIOUS" (Allen Tate, Foreword). Crane's first book did not easily reach publication. After some consideration, it was rejected by Samuel Jacobs of the Golden Eagle Press, the firm responsible for E.E. Cummings' Tulips and Chimneys. Waldo Frank assisted Crane's further search, finally engaging Boni & Liveright under the condition that Eugene O'Neill write a foreword. O'Neill initially agreed, but several months later he changed his mind. Allen Tate, a friend of all concerned, offered to write the foreword under O'Neill's name. Eventually, it appeared under Tate's own name, with a blurb by O'Neill on the dust jacket. Schwarz and Schweik A1.